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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

English Studies is no longer accepting new applications.

The MPhil in English Studies is an innovative, flexible 9-month course offering first-class teaching from a faculty with a distinguished international reputation in English. Students will be encouraged to pursue bold lines of enquiry relating to literature, criticism and culture. Within a flexible framework, students will be able to study particular areas in depth, drawing on the wide-ranging programme of seminars available to build a coherent, focused sense of historical or conceptual specialism, or to explore very diverse topics. Work towards an individual research project, assessed in the form of a dissertation, takes place throughout the course. Each student works closely with a member of the Faculty on their chosen dissertation topic while participating in collaborative seminars and classes. Extensive training in vital skills for postgraduate work in the humanities is provided.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students should have developed: 

  1. a deeper knowledge of literature and its contexts (critical, cultural, historical), in general, and of their chosen area of research in particular;
  2. a critical understanding of the material, cultural, theoretical and social contexts which inform their chosen area of research and of the scholarly debates within it;
  3. some skills of professional discovery; the recording and presentation of scholarly research, with attention to IT and bibliographical competencies.


MPhil students may apply to continue to a PhD in English; the minimum academic condition for continuation is a pass in the MPhil course. Other conditions may be imposed.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of English

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 6, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 6, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.

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